If your teenager wants posters on his wall and you desire to keep your walls pristine, or if you live in an apartment and want to cut out your neighbors noise, this cork board idea should do the trick. It’s easy and inexpensive.
A bulletin board wall is a good idea for a teens room which will only be used for the present. It will not ruin your walls and can be taken down when no longer needed. You can also do this in apartments to improve insulation and cut out noise. It’s useful in making any room snug without damaging existing walls. It’s a very simple process and easy to do for anyone who works around the house. First attach a rigid board to the wall with a minimum of screws, then glue a cork board over the base. 3/4 inch cork sheets over 1/4 inch hard board is good insulation and not too expensive. You can use other variations but it will cost more.
Cork, a common bulletin board material (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For easy removal the hardboard can be attached with 5/8 inch dry wall screws, but Phillips flathead self tapping screws are an adequate substitute. Eight to ten screws are required for each sheet of hardboard. Dark cork, sometimes called burnt cork sheets are 2 by 3 by 3/4 inches. Use a combination blade on a radial-arm saw to cut each sheet of cork in half lengthwise, to provide foot wide courses.
Starting with the top course glue the cork sheets to the hardboard, using acoustical adhesive applied with a small trowel. To prevent a lineup of vertical joints, begin and end every second row with a 1/2 foot long piece. Small gaps or holes along the joints are filled with small pieces glued in place.
Now your teenager can put up as many posters as he likes. Your permanent wall will be safe underneath, or if you are using the wall for insulating purposes, you can paper and decorate as you wish.
When the times comes to dismantle this design, the cork will have to be sacrificed. After the hardboard is removed, the screw holes can be filled with patching plaster and refinished.
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